Chieti is an ancient and medium-sized town (2015 pop. 51,945) on the Pescara River, near the Adriatic Sea, in the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy. It's a commercial and industrial center. Manufactures include textiles, clothing, fabricated metals, and construction materials.


The town is divided into two parts: Chieti Alta (that means “Upper Chieti”) and Chieti Scalo. Chieti Alta is the old hill town, while in the second one there are business activities, factories, a station and the local university. In addition there also interesting, little and rural frazioni, such as Brecciarola.


The cathedral of Chieti.

The city occupies the site of the Roman Teate Marrucinorum, the chief town of the Marrucini, of which ruins remain. Chieti was part of the duchy of Benevento (7th cent.), fell to the Normans (1078), and thereafter belonged to the kingdom of Naples. During the World War II, declared an open city (like Rome), Chieti was not bombed, and welcomed many refugees from the near towns and villages.


A temple of ancient Teate Marrucinorum.

Chieti is a city in central Italy, 200 km northeast of Rome. It's the capital of the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region. Chieti lies on a crest along the Pescara River a few kilometers away from the Adriatic Sea, and with the Maiella and Gran Sasso mountains in the background. It has a fine Romanesque cathedral (11th cent.), a 14th-century tower, and a university. The order of the Theatine Brothers (founded 1524) takes its name from the ancient Roman town.



Under the church of SS. Pietro e Paolo and the adjoining houses are extensive substructures (in opus reticulatum and brickwork) of the 1st century CE, belonging to a building erected by M. Vectius Marcellus (probably mentioned by Pliny, H.N., II., 199) and Helvidia Priscilla. There are also remains of large reservoirs and of an ancient theatre. New excavations are currently under way on the site of the former Campo Sportivo.

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